Wilmslow and Alderley Edge academics were among King's very best performers after a stunning set of results at the top Macclesfield school.
Pictured (photo1) from left to right are some of those local high flyers. Basketball national champion Francis Bennett, 16, from Wilmslow got three 9s, five 8s and three 7s and will study Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science and Physics at King's with a view to applying to Cambridge to read Computing.
Mountfield Rovers goalkeeper Finley McElroy, 16, from Wilmslow, got a 9, an 8, five 7s and two 6s and wants to read Law at Leeds after taking A Levels in King's Sixth Form in Geography, English Literature and Business. Chess player Rufus Simpson, 16, from Wilmslow got five 9s, four 7s and one six and will read Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry with a view to specializing in Microbiology or Biochemistry. At the front is Minnie Jansen, 16, from Alderley Edge, who got three 9s, two 8s, three 7s and two 6 and wants to study Fashion Design after A Levels in Art, Geography and English Literature.
King's GCSE results, like their A Level results, were significantly up on the last set of non-teacher assessed results from 2019. 40% of all grades at 9/8 (A*); 63% of grades were at 9-7 (A*/A); 82% of grades at 9-6 (A*-B); half of pupils got at least nine 9-7s (A*/A); and 31 students achieved ten 9-7s (A*/A).
Pictured (photo 2) are some of King's high flyers with at least eight grade 9s. Netball player, coach and umpire Madi Baxter got a stunning 11 straight 9s and will read Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Psychology in King's Sixth Form; footballer Ben Shone got ten 9s and an 8 and will read Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics in King's Sixth Form; England Netball U17 player and flautist Lydia Hine got eight 9s, two 8s and a 6 and will study Biology, Chemistry Psychology and Geography in King's Sixth Form; Break-dancer Aaryaa Premanand got a clean sweep of 11 grade 9s and hopes his A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics will lead to a career either Astrophysics or Finance; while Annie Smedley got nine 9s and one 7 and hopes her A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology will open the door to a Medicine degree.
Proud King's School Head of Foundation, Jason Slack, heralded his GCSE students as world-beaters. "To produce such a stunning set of results with everything that has been thrown at them is nothing short of amazing," he said. "Now that we are back to normal schooling, people forget that this cohort started their courses in the middle of the COVID pandemic. Not only did they have to work on-line at home, but there was quite a lot of confusion among the exam boards about what was on the curriculum. This group has shown not only fabulous academic talent, but wonderful resilience, emotional resolve and strong character. They are going to be world beaters."